View Poll Results: Vintage awning type?
Vintage style 29 49.15%
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:29 PM   #1
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(Poll) Awnings on vintage trailers

Do you have the vintage style awning or the Zip Dee style on your vintage trailer?

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Old 07-11-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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I had a vintage one but it was to much hassle to put it up.. Looked into a Zip Dee but it was gonna cost a few thousand. We have a portable awning that we can put over a picnic table or where we want. It works better for us..


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Old 07-11-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by goswick View Post
Do you have the vintage style awning or the Zip Dee style on your vintage trailer?
Thousands of vintage Airstream owners, from the 60's on, have installed several different brands of awnings.

Most of them, at this point, are no longer in business.

Of those that are still around, the number one choice awning, appears to be Zip Dee. It's the name that Airstream has stayed with for many years.

Perhaps because they use the "Sunbrella" fabrics, and the way the awning arms fit the shape of the shell.

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Old 07-11-2010, 07:57 PM   #4
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Restored/renovated/updated our 65 Safari just this spring and use Zip Dee all the way around. A bit pricey but they are just great to use....Tim
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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(Poll) Awnings on vintage trailers

When it became obvious that I was loosing the battly trying to keep the A & E Travel Awn 5000 in good repair on my '64 Overlander, I went with new Zip Dees. The Zip Dees are far less intrusive than the Travel Awn, and the temperture under the awning tends to be lower since there isn't any vinyl to catch the heat and limit the fabric's ability to breath.

The awning over the streetside bedroom windows was a splurge, but worth its weight in gold when participating in a limited-electric rally.

The bathroom window awning helps to provide a little extra privacy for the bathroom when parked in crowded campgrounds or at busy rallys. The spare tire carrier in this photo was removed a short time after the photo was taken to avoid re-aggravating the recently repaired rear end separation.

The smaller, less bulky arms allow the Zip Dee to become lessobvious when it isn't deployed.

For comparison, the old A & E Travel Awn 5000 is much more obvious with its wide, flat arms than the Zip Dee with its smaller square tubing arms. I also noticed a big gain in the ease of operation with the Zip Dee.

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Old 07-12-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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We have Carefree Colorado on the Caravel, and Zip-Dee on the Excella. Both much easier to use that a vintage type awning. Either of these awnings can be set up or taken down quickly, so they get used more often. Sometimes we put them out just to have lunch when driving down the Pacific Coast, or stopped along a stream somewhere.

Also, they both are "self storing".
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
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Not to mention, an '83 Excella is vintage now. Mine came with a Zip Dee.

I use it all the time. I would almost never deal with a "vintage type" awning.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:55 PM   #8
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The now vintage 78 Excella still has its original (vintage) zip dee awning.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #9
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After seeing the poll results I feel like I loose. . . .

I like the look of the vintage awning. In reality, it takes me less then 10 minutes to set up, I am 33. That time table may increase as the years go by. It does feel more open to me. Meaning you can walk right into it without having to go around any arms protruding from the trailer. The kids ride their bikes right thru it usually, and I have only walked into the support ropes once. . . .
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:17 PM   #10
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have any of you installed the vintage style ones from vintage trailer supply? I have a 56 bubble so i'm thinking about one of these but the oregon coast is pretty windy--i may only be able to use an awning inland or in the mountains anyway? cheers--ted
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:30 AM   #11
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We also have the original ZipDee's all around our 78 Ambassador - still going strong, maybe a few spots here and there from some tree sap, but otherwise in great shape for their age...

Their longevity is a credit to ZipDee's original design - the aluminum 'wrap around' at the top that protects the fabric when stowed, is a solid design that just plain WORKS for years and years...

Last year, we ordered a couple of new ZipDee folding chairs with the matching blue (awing) striped fabric, from AS - I think that says a lot for a company and a design that wasn't made to become obsolete, like so much other stuff we are forced to 'update' in more recent times...

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Old 07-13-2010, 04:21 AM   #12
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Okay, I have no problem being the odd ball in the group. I do not like the way a roll out awning looks on a vintage trailer. It just looks out of place to me. I should also state that even though vintage is 1985 and earlier, vintage stops at 1965 for me. The look of 1966 and later is a clear visual division for my weird sensibilities. The 5 minutes it takes to put up my awning is worth it to me. For it completes the look.
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My awning is 14x 9 foot and offers a lot of shelter from the elements. We often have 10 sitting down for dinner under the awning. Mine was made by Marti's awnings in California. The material is vintage sunbrella and the price was very reasonable to say the least. The awning came to me very quick and has it's own storage bag. This awning stays up during the hardiest wind storms due to the springs I installed on my ropes. While all the Zip Dee folks are scrambling to roll their awnings in before the storm hits, I am casually enjoying an adult beverage.
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I also had Marti make me window awnings, which just snap onto the windows. You will see this in old rally photos and on a few vintage rigs out there. The window awnings make a huge difference in keeping the trailer cool.
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They also double as black out curtains at night. They also came in their own storage bag.

Yes, the roll outs take seconds to deploy, but it is camping, and are you really in that big a hurry?
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:54 AM   #13
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Tim, to me there is no better looking trailer than yours. So nice. Mine has no awning and was no where near thinking about which type to get, but I'm all for ease of use, if it's easy to use then you use it more. Zip Dee will be my most probably be my choice.


Thanks for the pics of all your snap down awnings, I think it explains the numerous old snaps that are on our trailer, around windows, all around the belt line and around wheel wells.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:34 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by 62overlander View Post
...I should also state that even though vintage is 1985 and earlier, vintage stops at 1965 for me. The look of 1966 and later is a clear visual division for my weird sensibilities...
OK, I can see your point here, a little. However, the ones with the curved Corning side windows, 66-68, have the same vintage look as a 65, but better in my opinion. Subtle, but still an improvement. But hey, I have one so it may color my opinion.

Given that, yours really looks great.

I will agree that there is something different visually about the later models, after 1968, though.

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